Over 20,000 people have been displaced by conflict in Kayah state since the Myanmar military coup and are living in informal camps just over the border in Shan State. These camps lack formal medical shelter and education facilities. Some of the common health issues are severe injuries caused by manmade actions such as landmines, bombs, gunshot wounds, and incidents caused by natural disasters such as flooding. Moreover, the common diseases are diarrhoea, malnutrition, malaria, dengue haemorrhagic fever, seasonal flu, pneumonia, skin infections and STDs.
In addition, since the coup hundreds of thousands of public servants in Myanmar have joined the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM), refusing to work, in an effort to cripple the military junta and force a return to democracy. This ongoing movement has been led by nurses, teachers and doctors, thousands of whom have faced arrest, suspension or dismissal for their protest.
Many of those are now facing hardship as a result going years without pay.
Lend a helping hand: A modest sum of $115 can pay the wage of a frontline nurse in Myanmar for an entire month. Your contribution ensures that these nurses can cover their living expenses whilst they give their time, care, and energy, to people in need.